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    Wisconsin Lawyer
    Vol. 76, No. 2, February 2003

    Lawyer Discipline

    The Office of Lawyer Regulation (formerly known as the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility), an agency of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and component of the lawyer regulation system, assists the court in carrying out its constitutional responsibility to supervise the practice of law and protect the public from misconduct by persons practicing law in Wisconsin. The Office of Lawyer Regulation has offices located at Suite 315, 110 E. Main St., Madison, WI 53703, and Suite 300, 342 N. Water St., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Toll-free telephone: (877) 315-6941.

    Hearing to reinstate Sharon A. Davison

    On March 19, 2003, at 9 a.m., a public hearing will be held before referee Curry First at the Office of Lawyer Regulation (OLR), 342 N. Water St., Suite 300, Milwaukee, on the petition of Sharon A. Davison, Milwaukee, to reinstate her Wisconsin law license. Any interested person may appear at the hearing and be heard in support of, or in opposition to, the petition for reinstatement.

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court suspended Davison's law license for six months, effective April 26, 2002, for professional misconduct in submitting false vouchers to the State Public Defender's Office requesting reimbursement for parking expenses not actually incurred. A more detailed account of Davison's misconduct is recited in Disciplinary Proceedings Against Davison, 2002 WI 24, 251 Wis. 2d 1, 640 N.W.2d 508.

    As to reinstatement, Davison is required to demonstrate by clear, satisfactory, and convincing evidence that, among other things, she has not practiced law or engaged in certain law-work activity during the suspension; she has maintained competence and learning in the law by attending identified educational activities; her conduct since the suspension has been exemplary and above reproach; she has a proper understanding of and attitude toward the standards that are imposed upon members of the bar and will act in conformity with the standards; she can safely be recommended to the legal profession, the courts, and the public as a person fit to be consulted by others, and to represent them and otherwise act in matters of trust and confidence; she has fully described all of her business activities; she has the moral character to practice law in Wisconsin; and she has fully complied with the terms of the suspension order and with the requirements of SCR 22.26.

    Further information can be obtained from OLR investigator Heidi Towne Gaylord, 342 N. Water St., Suite 300, Milwaukee, WI 53202, (414) 227-4623, or from assistant litigation counsel Julie M. Falk, 110 E. Main St., Suite 315, Madison, WI 53703, (877) 315-6941 (toll free).

    Disciplinary proceeding against Boris Ouchakof

    The Wisconsin Supreme Court has accepted Boris Ouchakof's petition for voluntary revocation of his law license and revoked his law license effective Nov. 15, 2002. In his petition, Ouchakof, Madison, acknowledged that he could not successfully defend against 41 counts of misconduct that had been alleged in an OLR complaint and another 12 counts that were still under investigation by the OLR. The majority of the counts concerned Ouchakof's representation of multiple clients in immigration and naturalization matters in which Ouchakof failed to act with reasonable diligence and promptness on behalf of his clients, failed to comply with clients' requests for information, failed to take reasonable steps to protect clients' interests upon termination, made misrepresentations, and practiced law while his law license was administratively suspended. In addition, while employed as an associate with a law firm, Ouchakof engaged in fraudulent conduct by secretly charging and collecting fees from clients without remitting those fees to the firm.